SRINAGAR, Sept 21: The delay by Kashmir University in filling numerous administrative positions, which were advertised over six months ago, is impacting the overall operation of the valley’s premier educational institution.
According to officials familiar with the matter, the University’s failure to initiate the interview process has resulted in numerous departments being left without leadership. As a consequence, certain staff members have been burdened with additional responsibilities to oversee these departments, severely undermining their effectiveness.
After remaining vacant for an extended period, the university advertised these crucial positions in January of this year. However, the delay in conducting interviews has not only disrupted the recruitment process but also raised doubts about its credibility.
Numerous crucial positions remain unfilled as a consequence of the deferred interviews. These include the roles of Registrar at the Main Campus, Director at the North Campus, Director of Physical Education and Sports, Director of IT and Supporting Systems, Director of the Institute of Technology in Zakura, and Librarian. Furthermore, there are vacancies for five Deputy Librarians at Allama Iqbal Library and a Deputy Director of the Directorate of Physical Education and Sports that are yet to be occupied due to the postponed interview processes.
An official has alleged that staff members who have been bestowed with added authorities for these departments are intentionally prolonging the process for their personal gains.
In the meantime, there are numerous other positions, including Director of EMRC, Director of the State Resource Centre, Director of Kupwara Campus, two Assistant Directors (DIQA), PRO Main Campus, and PRO Convocation Complex of Kashmir University, that are yet to be advertised.
The Vice Chancellor of Kashmir University, Nelofar Khan, told Excelsior that the interviews for the pending posts would commence soon. “We have asked for the dates for the interviews for the pending posts,” she said.